Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Organic Chemistry / Chemical Biology

Deadline: 07.07.2021

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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Faculty of Science and Technology / Department of Chemistry

The position and the position's field of research

The Department of Chemistry seeks a motivated, enthusiastic and self-driven Postdoctoral Research Fellow to contribute to our research directed towards new solutions for the antimicrobial resistance crisis. The research will focus on the synthesis of antibiotic conjugates, as well as investigations of bioconjugation and molecular interactions in membrane-embedded proteins. The fellow will also be responsible for setting up, managing and maintaining specialized laboratory infrastructure.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will be associated with the group of Assoc. Prof. Marius M. Haugland, and the Centre for New Antibacterial Strategies (CANS) – an interdisciplinary research centre at UiT.

The position is a fixed term position for a duration of 3 years, with a preferred start date of August 2021.

Appointment to the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is mainly intended to provide qualification for work in top academic positions. It is a prerequisite that the applicant is able to carry out the project over the full course of the employment period. No person may hold more than one fixed-term position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.

The appointed Postdoctoral Research Fellow must have its daily workplace at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø.

The position can/will additionally be assigned to teaching and related work for UiT in an amount equivalent to a maximum 25. % of a full-time employment. The candidate can expect to be involved in the supervision of Bachelor, Master and PhD students and may participate in teaching at the Department of Chemistry.


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The position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow requires:

A Norwegian doctoral degree in Organic or Synthetical Medicinal Chemistry, or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree.

Other requirements are:

  • A solid and varied background in organic synthesis
  • Experience with preparation of bioconjugates
  • A good working knowledge of standard analytical methods such as NMR, MS, HPLC or similar, and standard purification methods
  • Experience with setting up, managing and maintaining specialized scientific equipment
  • Excellence in previous work and a good track record
  • Experience with interdisciplinary research
  • Self-organization and independence
  • Excellent work ethic and commitment to the job
  • A good command of English, both written and verbal. Interest in Norwegian language and culture is welcome

Qualification with a PhD is required before commencement in the position. If you’re at the final stages of your PhD, you may still apply if you have submitted your PhD thesis for doctoral degree evaluation within the application deadline. You must submit the thesis with your application. You must have dissertated before the start-up date of the position, August 2021. You should also attach a statement from your supervisor.

During the assessment emphasis will be put on the candidate’s motivation, potential for research, and personal suitability for the position. You must be willing to engage in the ongoing development of your discipline and the university as a whole.

During the assessment process, emphasis will be put on your potential for research, as shown by the PhD thesis and other academic work, relevant research experience and academic performance and teaching experience and/or qualifications. Teaching experience and/or qualifications will be considered an advantage. In addition, we may consider work experience or other activities of significance for position

At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Inclusion and diversity

UiT The Arctic University i Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. We believe that inclusion and diversity is a strength, and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, we invite least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.

We offer

  • Involvement in an interesting research project
  • Excellent career opportunities
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund


Your application must include:

  • Application and motivation letter
  • Personal vision on your career development and your thoughts on how your work at UiT will help you reach your goals (max. two pages)
  • Description of your past research project and their relevance to the current position (max 1 page)
  • CV (complete overview of education, professional training and work, skills, max two pages)
  • Diplomas and transcripts (all degrees)
  • List of publications and other academic activities with description of personal contribution
  • Contact information to 3 references, including the PhD supervisor
  • Description of your academic production (track record), stating which works you consider most important and your own contribution to the work
  • Academic works, up to ten. The doctoral thesis is regarded as one work.
  • PhD thesis
  • Documentation of English language proficiency. If not otherwise exempt, documentation of English language proficiency for PhD-studies, with a recommended minimum score of 6.5 on each part of the IELTS test, or minimum scores of 22, 22, 22 and 25 (reading, listening, speaking and writing, respectively) on the TOEFL test.
  • Letters of recommendation may be submitted in addition to the above documents

The documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language. We only accept applications sent via www.jobbnorge.no.

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

The remuneration for Postdoctoral research fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

The successful candidate must be willing to get involved in the ongoing development of their department and the university as a whole. UiT wishes to increase the proportion of females in academic positions. In cases where two or more applicants are found to be approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.

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